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and tech have always been Alanna Webb's forte. In her tomboyish
youth, she could be found dissecting reptiles, assembling turtle
skeletons, and milling her own candles and soap. She found a natural
fit later in life as a chemical engineer.
After eight years in the chem lab, Alanna switched careers to desktop
publishing and Web design. She taught herself computers and databases
on her own time. Some co-workers thought she was wasting her free
time but the new skills paid off when she left engineering behind
completely. Now instead of mixing chemicals she's mixing it up on
the Web as a designer/developer.
did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
My first taste of computers was in college when we had to use the
old punchcards. Then, I bought my first computer after graduating
from college, an Apple IIc. I can still remember how nervous I was
to insert a disc into the drive! Then, when I went to work as a
chemical engineer, there sat a computer that nobody took the time
to use, so I became the office "geek", back in the days when the
10 meg iOmega discs were as big as a notebook. I started in DOS,
and self-taught myself almost everything I know today. I feel very
fortunate to have been active with computers prior to Windows, so
I understand more when I get stuck.
do you earn a living?
I founded Lovestories.com in Sept. 1997 with my savings, and it
took less than a year for me to start making my living from operating
the site. I never thought that I would ever leave the security (or
what I thought was security) of a corporate career for the unknown
world of self-employment, but I have been successfully self-employed
since 1993. I now own my own corporation, have developed web communities
that attract millions of visitors a year, contract out a lot of
work, and now make more than twice my engineering salary.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
definitely! I would rather work on my web sites than shop. That
says it all!
is your favorite Website?
I enjoy exploring all the fellow partner sites in WomensForum.com.
do you do when you are not working?
big passion is movies. My friends always come to me for a movie
critique because they know that I go to almost all the movies. Also,
reading romance novels, and meeting my friends for dinner.
You reap what you sow!
would play you in a movie about your life?
Bullock. She is a natural woman who is more casual than formal,
yet she can fit in anywhere.
would be the title of your autobiography?
is the person you most admire?
parents, who lived through more than I ever will, and who helped
make me the independent person that I am.
and where were you the happiest?
I'm in the middle of being in love, when you still see the possibilities.
you could have one super power what would it be?
Mind reading. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to really tell what
someone is thinking, so you can better communicate? Hmmmm... On
second thought, maybe it would take the fun out of life, so I'll
pick flying so I don't have to drive in traffic.